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Living in our own home and taking care of yourself can be a bit of a drag, especially if mummy used to do all the work for you. And, unfortunately, cleaning up has got to be one of the worst things that comes with living away from home.

So, to help you get rid of those stains that you keep trying to hide, try these tips:

Getting rid of water marks
Use a little petroleum jelly, like Vaseline to get rid of these bad boys. Simply rub it onto the stain leave it for a day and wipe away.

Carpet stain
Put a little whitening toothpaste onto an old toothbrush, rub into the stain and rinse away with cold water. This also works on clothes.

Moved into a new apartment and noticed a little rust on the bath? Well, simply use some coca cola. Dab a little onto a sponge and use a little elbow grease to get off the rust.

Blood stains
Blood can be a nightmare to get off but you can try this trick – rub a little salt onto the area to loosen the stain and then pop it in the washing machine.

image via Pinterest



The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. It's where we eat, chat, cook food, make incredible cakes (most of the time!) and spend a whole lot of time.

These five hacks will ensure your time spent in the kitchen is worthwhile:

Dinner for one 
Cooking for one can often mean that food goes to waste because, well, basically there just isn’t enough people to eat it. So, when it comes to freezing your sauces or leftovers, pop them into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer. This way, all you need to do is take out one or two 'dinner cubes' to use that night.

Chill wine
Pop some grapes in the freezer and use these as ice cubes in your wine – it keeps your drink cool without watering it down. Genius!

Wooden spoon
When you are boiling food, simply pop a wooden spoon across the pot to stop the water boiling over. It has to be wooden though as metal spoons don’t work for this.

Opening jars
Opening jars can be a nightmare especially when you don’t have a strong handsome man nearby… So, to open it, put on a rubber glove and voila!

Cleaning your fruit
If you really want to give your fruit a good clean, mix a little lemon juice with baking soda and water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and spray on your apple. Clean in seconds.



Who doesn’t want to eat toast with their face on it?!

This is every narcissism person’s dream – a toaster that burns the image of your face onto a slice of bread.

Burned Impressions in Vermont are selling the selfie toaster for $75 so you can indulge your true narcissism! This is not the first toaster they have made – they are the proud creators of the Jesus toaster and the Rapture toaster.

All you need to do is send a high res photo of your beautiful to the company who will make your a custom selfie and send it out to you.

According to the company itself, “you don’t have to famous or Jesus to have your face on toast!” we’re loving their attitude!

Birthday present we think!



Moving out can be exciting as you start a whole new life away from your mum and dad. However, it can also be a bit of a drag, especially when it comes to packing up all your stuff – how you managed to accumulate so much stuff is just amazing.

A lot of large boxes don’t come with handles so cut a triangle in either side for space for your hands. It makes it so much easier to carry it.

We couldn’t possibly leave our mirror at home, so just in case it does get broken, put masking tape across it in the shape of an X. This way if it does break the glass won’t go everywhere.

If you are bringing your TV, take a picture of where each cord goes to make it a whole lot easier when it comes to hooking it up at your new place.

Unpacking can be a pain, so to make it easier on yourself, put your clothes in bin bags still on their hangers. This way you can hang them up straight away when you get there.

Jewellery can get lost or tangled in a move so either loop them through toilet rolls tubes or put them into egg cartons.

Label things
If you have a lot of boxes – a girl has a lot of stuff – use bright colours to label each one so you know where everything is.

Have an immediate box
The last thing you want to do when you get to the new place is spend a couple of hours looking for your toothbrush, pyjamas, plates or glasses – for the celebratory glass of wine, obviously. So, pack a bag with essentials you’ll need straight away.



Just moved out and have barely enough money to buy a celebratory beers never mind furniture? A car boot sale will be your best friend!

They are great for finding items that will give your new home character and a more homely feel.

Here are seven tricks to ensure you leave with at least one fantastic piece.

Go late
Go late if you don’t care what type of chair you get as long as it is cheap – prices are usually reduced just before pack up time.

Go early
If you are looking for something specific you need to get there early – the early bird catches the worm.

Be friendly
A seller is not going to reduce their price or be willing to haggle if you’re being downright rude – a smile goes along way.

Bring a list
If you are after a good few pieces bring a list, otherwise you’ll just forget what you went there for.

Pick up your large items first
If you are looking for something that is particularly big like a table, grab this first and leave the smaller ones for later. The bigger items go quicker.

You can always clean it
If you love the look of something but the fabric is a little bit off colour or torn remember you can always do a fixer upper.

Bring cash
It’s harder to haggle with a Visa Debit card – which they won’t accept anyway.




Celebs seem to have it all: a cool career, money, lots of travel and incredible houses. While they might not own these houses anymore, the fact that they lived in them makes us turn an unattractive shade of green.

Here are five celeb homes that we totally wish we owned, or could at least stay in for a night or two…

Drew Barrymore

Not a fan of the zebra rugs, Drew’s 6,000 square foot home was listed for a mere $7.5 million.


Jim Carrey

How the star of The Mask could bear to part with this home we’ll never know. Although, the $13.4 million price tag might have persuaded us to part ways with it as well.


Pharrell Williams

Just like Pharrell, this penthouse home oozes coolness with it’s own elevator and wraparound balcony. We’re in love.


Jack Nicholson

This home looks like it just stepped off the set of some spooky American horror film. Although Jack obviously felt safe in it as he lived here for 30 years/ The quaint house was sold for $11 million last year, pricey!


Alicia Keyes

If you don’t have a motorbike in your hall, well then you simply aren’t down with the kids… Although, after paying $12 million, you’d think she would have stayed here longer then a year.


Oh to be rich and famous…




There is nothing worse than a disgusting smell lingering in your home, so it’s time to get rid of them.

Here are the five most common smells and tips for making them disappear:

The dishwasher
Sometimes the dishwasher can really stink, like really, really smell. The best way to get rid of this is to fill a cup with vinegar, put it on the top rack and put the dishwasher on a cycle without any other dishes in it – ta da!

Animal smells
While you may love them unconditionally, your adorable kitty or cuddly dog can really stink. To get rid of their strong odours, sprinkle a little baking soda over your fabrics, rub it in and leave it over night. In the morning, simply vacuum it clean.

Your bin
A bin smell can be particularly pungent, especially if it hasn’t been taken out in more than a week. Light a scented candle in the kitchen and it should at least be masked until you take the bin out. For goodness sake, just take the bin out.

The fridge
Again your trusty baking soda can be put to good use. Pour some into a cup, plonk it at the back of the fridge and it will absorb all nasty smells.

Burnt smells
If you’re anything like us, you will have a few burnt smells at least once a day in the kitchen. Simply pop on the fan, light a scented candle and the smell will go away.



Bathrooms in rented apartments or houses often leave little to be desired: leftover, mismatched or eighties style tiles adorn the walls, not to mention the plastic bath and patchy paint. Fear not, while you may not be able to actually do any major redecorating, there are a few things you can do to make it a little more homely:

New shower curtain
Add a little colour to your bathroom by investing in a new bright coloured shower curtain. You can go as cheap or as expensive as you like, you can even pick one up in Dealz for €1.49.

Fabric skirt
While it might remind you of your granny’s bathroom, they will hide ugly pipes and drains coming from the sink. Simply secure some fabric underneath the basin and let it hang down from the sink like a dress.

Wall stickers
Wall stickers are great for updating any look or simply bringing a little inspiration into the home. You can get them online and they are great for rented places as they easily come off the walls without leaving a mark.

Flowers are a great way to spruce up any area. Head to IKEA or Dealz and pick up a cheap colourful vase, fill it with some flowers and pop them in the bathroom. If you have hayfever, fake flowers can look just as nice.



We’ve all heard of the importance of our five-a-day and how it is becoming more common to grow your own vegetables in the garden or soil.

While you may run in fear at the thought of planting your own food, thankfully it can be as easy as putting seeds into the soil and watching them grow!

You need to plant your carrots in cool weather and pull them up between 60 to 75 days after you have planted them. The rockier your soil the funnier the carrots will look.

This is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and you can even plant them in flower pots if you don’t have a garden. There is such a wide variety to go for as well you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Tomatoes need lots of light so these are best grown in the summer. You can buy a grow bag and leave it in the garden or on your balcony. Simples.

This is easy enough to grow in garden beds or containers. It needs a good sunny spot so position it beside a window. If you leave it in the kitchen you’ll always remember to use it in your cooking.








Unless you are like Monica Geller, cleaning the house is probably the bane of your life. Unfortunately, it still needs to be done.

Thankfully, these tips will make it slightly easier:

Soap scum
So cleaning the bathroom is certainly not on our list of fun things to do either, but it must be done. Soap scum can be a nightmare to get off, particularly when it is on the walls of the shower. Simply grab a plastic scraper, you can get these in your local car shop, and just gently scrape it off.

Pet hair
While your dog may be the centre of your world, it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate their shedding. The easiest way to get pet hair off furniture is to use the sticky side of duct tape. Wrap the non sticky side around your hand and press onto the hair. Perfect.

No matter how often you may clean the kitchen, grease will build up and it is a nightmare to get off. However, we have a trick up our sleeves! Simply heat your sponge in the microwave for about 20 seconds, spray on your kitchen cleaner and wipe the grease away. The hot sponge will make it come off a lot easier.



Barbecues are the symbol of summer. Having one means a) It’s sunny outside or b) It’s the summer and you don’t care whether it’s hot or cold out there, you are having a party.

Here are 10 essentials you need before you even start:

Meat markers
After a few drinks all meat starts to look and taste the same.

Plastic red cups
Just to get the American vibe started.

Paper plates
Eating off a ceramic plate just ruins the whole BBQ flavour… seriously!

For flipping that meat.

Chef hat and apron
Just in case anyone forgets who is cooking dinner.

Funky straws
Just because.

If you can get one of these your BBQ can go on all night long.

Meat thermometer
You don’t want to get the blame for everyone going home with a dodgy stomach.

Bucket of ice
To keep the beer cold of course.

Kitchen towels
Because BBQs can get messy.



She is an icon all over the world for her incredible acting talent and ability to perform in so many roles, and now Katharine Hepburn’s home is up for sale

The estate in Old Saybrook in Fenwick, Connecticut was home to the actress for more than 65 years and it became her haven, describing it as “paradise” in her memoirs- although it is not hard to see why.

The house is located 200 miles of New York, has its very own beach and dock with the surrounding land held in trust. There are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and seven fireplaces – sounds like a perfect party pad!

It is currently owned by Frank J Sciame who purchased it from the actress three years after her death.

If you do go for it , expect a few visitors as according to Frank: “People still drive by sometimes, trying to have a look. Even our friends, when we bought it, they all wanted to come and take a look around. Katharine loved it, her family loved it, and you get a real sense that the people who have been here for so long have all enjoyed it, too. The house has great karma.”